I am on my way to work this morning and I turn on the local college radio station. What do I hear? One of my absolute favorite songs ever being butchered by Greenday. Honestly, I hear Working Class Hero, a beautiful, passionate song, being sung (terribly) by none other than Billie Joe Armstrong. When I hear John Lennon sing the song I can't help but be overcome with emotion. I can't help but think of his struggles as a child orphan. I can't help but think of how hard it could have been for him to sit down and actually write Working Class Hero. When I hear Billy Joe Armstrong sing the song, all I can think about is how shitty his eyeliner looks.
I am totally turning into, no, actually I am a music snob. I think there are a few rules that need to be followed by the American Idiots of today.
1. Don't cover The Beatles &/or a Beatle.
2. Please don't think your John Lennon. Just because your producer wrote you some pseudo political punk pop song doesn't mean you are even close to being the artist or the man John Lennon was.
3. Don't forget your roots. Your first album was called Dookie, remember????
4. Last but not least, stop selling out. I hate that term but it fits Greenday so well. Hell isn't it the definition of Greenday?
In closing, I offer you the song Working Class Hero. By the real Working Class Hero, Mr. John Lennon. If you want to hear the Crapday version, look it up yourself on YouTube.